Retailer to host three designers’ jewellery during Edinburgh Festival.
By Craig Heatley
Scottish retailer Pebbles is hosting a shocase of the work of the three winners of the 2012 Professional Jeweller Treasure competition.
Pebbles will showcase jewellery by Clarice Price-Thomas, Claire English and Oak Fine Jewellery. The designers’ work will be displayed in Pebbles Edinburgh store from today until the end of August.
Val Trotter, co-founder of Pebbles, was one of the judges for this year’s Professional Jeweller Treasure comptition, which puts a shortlist of 10 designers to the public vote to win a stand at consumer selling show Treasure, held during London Jewellery Week in June. The showcase coincides with the Scottish capital’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which attracts more than 1 million people each summer.
Trotter said: “It was more personal to us being involved in the competition and with such a high calibre of entrants. It was nice to be able to take it to the next stage and showcase these designers and their work.”
Pebbles is anticipating a positive response to the showcase from its customer base. Trotter added: “They will love it. Our customers love it when there is a story behind the designer. They like that they are not buying mass-produced jewellery. It’s more personal.”
Asked whether the retailer would continue to stock the three collections after the showcase ended Trotter responded enthusiastically. “Absolutely. We will be gauging our customer’s reactions through Facebook and Twitter. Our customers like to give us feedback on our stock."
The annual Professional Jeweller Treasure competition was launched in 2010 and this year for the first time an additional prize was up for grabs. One of the three Treasure winners was offered the chance to win a stand at trade show The Jewellery Show London, held the week before Treasure. Claire English was picked as the recipient of this additional prize after the panel judged her to have the most commercial appeal.